India’s City-scale Digital Twin Aspirations

The government of India hopes to use a city-scale digital twin to revolutionize infrastructure planning and design.

Sangham: Digital Twin

The Indian Department of Telecommunications’ Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twins Unit has launched the Sangam initiative with the aims to bring urban development and planning into the future through collaboration and integrated digital technologies.
Government leaders hope the project helps showcase India’s ability to innovate and lead, upleveling its positioning in the global digital landscape.

“Buzzword BINGO”

The India Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has released a call for project proposals that, as The Register puts it, seeks “collaborators willing to play buzzword BINGO on the project.”

The initiative seeks to “combine the prowess” of 5G, Internet of Things, spatial computing, AI-native 6G, next generation computing technologies, and more, according to India TV.

Digital twins are virtual replicas of physical objects, systems, processes, or services.
When integrated with AI and machine learning, intelligent digital twins become dynamic, predictive models that learn and adapt over time.

India Geospatial Policy

In November, the Survey of India partnered with Genesys International, a private mapping firm, to develop detailed 3D maps of urban landscapes and physical assets, India TV reports.

The partnership supports the nation’s geospatial policy, which aims to create digital twins of major cities and towns across India by 2035.

According to the India telecommunications department, the project “seeks to generate social impact through innovative approaches while showcasing the fusion of digital technologies with infrastructure planning to address real-world challenges effectively.”\

The deadline to submit expressions of interest is March 15th, 2024.